Sailor Mirror on a Thrift Store Budget

Sailor Mirror on a Thrift Store Budget

One of my favorite things to do is walk around “home stores” for inspiration. I pretend I’m in a museum or an art gallery, slowly taking in the look/feel/detail of each piece, not with the intent to purchase but just to admire. There are so many great places in Austin especially. Some are local – mercury and Hacienda happen to be a block from my work, and I finally ventured to Mockingbird Domestics last weekend! – and some that aren’t. Anthropologie is one of those stores that falls in the latter category. There’s something about walking into Anthro, as some affectionately call it, that makes me want to take a deep breath and appreciate life for whatever it is at the moment. Wouldn’t it be a worthy endeavor to try triggering the same response as we enter our own homes? I have yet to purchase a single article of clothing from Anthropologie (though a Christmas gift card has been burning a hole in my pocket!), but it has supplied my college bedding, a stack of coffee table books, and countless Voluspa/Volcano candles. It has also supplied all sorts of inspiration, especially when I fall hard for something before looking at the price tag. This post is the consequence of such a visit.

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Consider the Lilies

Consider the Lilies

It’s 2015, and the word “consider” has been on my mind. To be fair, it started in 2014, on an evening in December, when my husband came home with an unexpected Christmas present one of his friends gave him at coffee that morning. In beautiful handwritten script and bold Sharpie, one of the ivory slices of cardstock read: “Let us hold fast the confession of our home without wavering, for He who promised is faithful, and let us consider how to stir one another up to love and good works. Hebrews 10:23-24” The other, provoking in its simplicity: “Consider the lilies. Luke 12:27” The latter was a surprise gift for me! It didn’t hit me until a few weeks later, the word they shared: consider.

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The First Look We Never Had

The First Look We Never Had

Around our six-month milestone of marriage, a new friend in Austin, Meredith, (who happens to have her own amazing business, Bristol Lane Florals, and was super encouraging when I told her about my dream of starting this blog!) asked me if Jeff and I would like to be models for an upcoming styled shoot. She was collaborating with several other Austin wedding vendors/friends for a new blog/magazine, Cottage Hill.

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Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle

We will be celebrating eight months of marriage in just a few days. I can say with certainty that the months after our wedding day have flown much more quickly than the months leading up to it!

As I mentioned here, I envisioned the environment of our reception being full of celebration, gratitude, liveliness, and joy. We were honored to have so many of our friends and family present on that special day. Best of all, they were there to witness and celebrate the beginning of our marriage, not just our wedding. I wanted to engage our loved ones in garnering their love and support for all the years to come, Lord willing! What could be more fun than them slipping messages into bottles for us to break open and read during future anniversaries? (Inspiration from Erica & Daniel Josey’s beautiful wedding!)

Our engagement was a little over seven months long, so I had time to plan but no time to lose! I also challenged myself to do this as inexpensively as possible. Here’s how they came together…

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Stamped Pillow

Stamped Pillow

When it came time to decorate our bedroom (and even during creating our wedding registries) I was confronted with the challenge of blending masculine and feminine tastes for the first time. We agreed on a white duvet with a heathered gray quilt from Pottery Barn, which laid the foundation for the rest of the room. These soft and comforting colors are anchored with black furniture, frames, and accents. Above all, it was going to be our space, and we want it to remain that way as the years go on and even as our family changes. What better way to make it our space than reminding ourselves of the day that made us an “us”?

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An Inheritance Makeover

An Inheritance Makeover

Some furniture you purchase new, some you find used, and some you inherit. This tale of a furniture makeover begins with an inheritance.

One part of marriage I didn’t anticipate was what I like to call “the consolidation of the stuff.” In said consolidation, we decided to keep my chest of drawers because it has more drawers = more storage. Once we got our bedroom arranged , we decided we could really use a second dresser for storing things other than clothes. I looked on Craigslist for a few days with no luck. Since we were on a budget and hadn’t sold Jeff’s chest of drawers yet, we decided to use what we had. And so this project began.

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